Despite disruptions because of the global pandemic Covid-19, work on the expansion and widening of the Kampala Northern Bypass in Uganda is underway again. The project is being executed by Portuguese construction company Mota-engil and is financed by the government of Uganda in conjunction with the European Union (EU) through a loan from the European Investment Bank.
The Kampala Northern Bypass projects aims to improve urban mobility in and around Kampala through relieving congestion on the vital Northern Corridor Route, reducing travel time and vehicle operating costs, and improving road safety.
To achieve these objectives, the project entails the construction of six interchanges which will separate the express traffic along the Northern Bypass from the adjoining traffic from the connecting roads.
The project also involves building an additional carriageway, about 17.5km long, to complete the dualisation of the Kampala Northern Bypass to a four- lane dual carriageway road. Construction of three new footbridges at Kyebando, Ntinda, and Naalya, to allow safe crossing of pedestrians across the road, is also almost complete.
According to the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) it intends improving road safety by setting up segregated facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, improving lighting systems, installing road-studs, improving grade crossings at signalised junctions, and building full-length central reserve safety barriers.